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jap30 09-21-2010 12:56 AM

J.C. Higgins Model 66 12ga
Hey folks,

I have my father's old shotgun, a J.C. Higgins model 66. I've read some forums where it is not advisable to shoot steel shot with this model,but what about slugs or turkey shot? Also is there a way to add sights to it, it doesn't look like I can but thought I'd ask.

Thanks and have a good night


c3shooter 09-21-2010 03:40 AM

I THINK your JC Higgins 66 was made by High Standard. Decent shotguns- but made before the steel shot era, and the harder shot will not sit well on the barrel.

Bet your has a "Dial-a-duck" adjustable choke- if so, slugs are NOT recommended in most cases- possible damage to the little "fingers" in the adjustable choke. If you just gotta, open the choke to full.

can you add rifle type sights? With enough money, you can put a flamethrower on it- but honestly, it will likely cost you more than the shotgun is worth- which is likely in the $200 range.

These are decent shotguns for the money- good shooter, not high collector values- if you want a slug gun, go get a Mossberg 500, Remington 870- or keep an eye out for a used JC Higgins Model 20 pump- it is also a High Standard- just get one with a slug barrel.

jap30 09-21-2010 10:45 AM

I like the flamethrower option. Thank you for the response, I'll leave the gun as is for now and upgrade to something more modern next year. I happen to like the semi-auto instead of the pump, any recommendations? Primary us would be turkey and in some cases big game.

c3shooter 09-21-2010 12:34 PM

The reason that Howard Johnson's had 31 flavors was a matter of taste. different folks will like different shotguns- for me, for an autoloader, it would be a Browning Auto 5, or a Remington 1100.

However, I like Worcestershire Sauce on eggs over easy. Some folks don't. Your tastes and mine may vary.

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